Governors Island Teaching Garden 40.6864° N -74.0212° W


GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden is a 21,000 square foot urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate its visitors in all aspects of urban farming. Field trips are available from April through November for NYC students (K-12), who have the opportunity to plant, water, harvest, and taste the garden's wide array of vegetables, herbs, and fruits.

Please Note: Field trips to Governors Island Teaching Garden require a 10-15 minute ferry ride that departs promptly at 10:00am and 11:00am from the Battery Maritime Building. The garden is a 15-to-20-minute walk from the ferry.

By booking a field trip below, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to follow our policies: Find our frequently asked questions here!

Lunch Notes

There are picnic tables in the garden for classes to eat their packed lunches. We ask teachers and chaperones to assist with waste sorting from lunches (garbage, recycling, and compost). There are also several eating areas on Governors Island for classes to visit when the island is open to the public.

Bathroom Notes

There are two portable toilets in the garden. Bathrooms with plumbing are available in the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan, and on GI next to the ferry.

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel at least two weeks in advance of your trip.


Battery Maritime Building Ferry, 10 South St.
Manhattan, NY 10004


10:00 am - 1:30 pm
10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Agriculture, Sustainability, Climate, My Community, Social Justice, Nutrition, The Water Cycle, Cultural Connections, Ecosystems, Botany, Conservation, Science, Earth's Systems, Weather And Climate, Life Sciences, Animals
Field Trip, Family Programs, Live Virtual Event
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Preschool
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Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Field Trip to Teaching Garden

Take a trip to GrowNYCs Teaching Garden on Governors Island! Students will see the farm and participate in age-appropriate hands-on garden education. All students will get a chance to taste some seasonal fruits, veggies, or herbs and will help with a garden activity (either planting a seed or transplant, sifting and spreading compost, or whatever task is needed for the farm that day). Students may also participate in a scavenger hunt, worm exploration, or seed ball lesson.

Subjects Covered

ecosystems, agriculture, botany, conservation, sustainability, my community

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
32 stu.

field trip

180 min.
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Family Programs

Live Virtual Event

Virtual Meet the Farmer

We recognize that not every class can visit the Teaching Garden in person. Field trip slots are limited and there are many other barriers to getting students out of the classroom. We want to reach as many students as possible so this season we are offering our "Meet the Farmer" zoom sessions to all schools!

Classes will take place over zoom and are approximately 30-45 minutes long.

One of our farmers will zoom into your classroom and give you and your students a brief description of the Teaching Garden and what it's like to be a farmer. This will be followed by an open Q&A where students can ask our farmers all of their farm and garden questions.

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k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
33 stu.

live virtual event

30 min.